Building on a longstanding tradition of providing Armenian youth with educational and cultural opportunities, the AGBU New York Summer Internship Program was launched in 1987 thanks to the dedication and leadership of Vartkess and Rita Balian. They designed and nurtured the program with a clear vision for decades: to unite Armenian youth from across the globe for an unprecedented opportunity to learn, grow and network with community leaders in the heart of the Big Apple.
For 8 weeks each year, around 30 participants gathered in New York City for a life-changing summer. They left more connected to their international peers, more deeply bonded to their heritage and more aware of their professional and personal ambitions.
The success of the flagship program in New York inspired the launch of sister programs throughout the world including in Los Angeles (1989), Paris (2003), Yerevan (2007), Moscow (2010), London (2015), Buenos Aires (2017) and most recently Boston (2019). Our Western District Committee also also currently runs a Media Internship Program for local participants in Los Angeles without housing offered. Each city has embraced the same core mission while adding their own local cultural influence and specializations.
As our program continues to evolve, our alumni are consistently recognized as exemplary members of their respective communities and pioneers in their professions, which serve as a testament to the program values and overall AGBU mission.